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Beatles news: Plan Paul-Ringo field trips; bid on McCartney; Stella and Angelina

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When Paul McCartney switched his June Out There! tour dates to October on June 9, he managed to avoid any of his new shows competing directly with Ringo, who had just added a bunch of new shows that same month. Only two Ringo and Paul shows are the same night, but they won't be close to each other.

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McCartney's opening date in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 2 at United Spirit Arena will be one state away from Ringo, who'll be in Tulsa, Okla. the same night at the Hard Rock Café. The two venues are roughly 450 miles apart. And on Oct. 15, McCartney will be Atlanta Ga., at Philips Arena, while Ringo will be in Charleston, S.C., at North Charleston Performing Arts Center, about 300 miles away.

But for anyone wanting to do a Beatles field trip, there are a couple of possibilities. Ringo will be in Houston, Texas, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Oct. 10, and McCartney will be in Dallas at American Airlines Center on Oct. 13. Those two are roughly 250 miles apart, a roughly 3 1/2 hour drive.

And McCartney will play Oct. 15 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and Oct. 16 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Ringo will be in Biloxi, Miss. on Oct. 17 at Hard Rock Café Biloxi. The Nashville to Biloxi shows are a day apart and about 500 miles from each other, while the Atlanta and Biloxi shows are two days apart and about 385 miles apart.

Anyway, tickets for Paul's U.S. shows, some of which were sold out, are available here and here. Ringo tickets are here. Let us know if you do a field trip.

Bid to meet Paul, Ringo: The Charitybuzz auction for two VIP tickets to a Paul McCartney concert and a chance to meet Paul has a current high bid of $25,000 with one day to go. Proceeds go to the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts (LIPA). The auction ends at 5:40 p.m. ET Wednesday. Charitybuzz is also featuring auctions to meet Ringo Starr in New York on June 17, Chicago on June 28, San Diego on July 11 and Los Angeles on July 19. All the bidding benefits the David Lynch Foundation.

Stella at UN conference: Stella McCartney attended the Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict June 10 in London. The four-day conference on sexual violence in war is hosted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie. You can see pictures of Stella and Angelina in the slideshow.

Blue Light special: The price on the Beatles' Japan Box at Amazon has dropped a little since it first came online. It now sits at around $118, about a $6 drop. And the Mono Box is now down to $149. It was up near $290 at one time.

More new books: Coming next month is “From Me to You: Song the Beatles Covered and Songs They Gave Away” by Brian Southall, a look from both sides of songs they covered and other versions of their own songs. And Mauri Kunnas' cute children's book “Beatles With an A: Birth of the Band” will also be available in America next month.